Worship for February 2017

Gathering Music

[ACOLYTE, A Cool Deacon]  The scene is set and the Christ candle is lit.

Opening Song

[SONGLEADER, Carl Gladstone]

Call to Worship

Adapted from the Sojourners "Matthew 25 Movement - Immigration Toolkit"  [LEADER, Rev. Greg Lawton]

LEADER:  How do we listen to God’s call toward justice?

ALL:  We start with a circle of people praying, then we educate, then we step into the street.

LEADER:  How do we share the compassion known in Jesus Christ?

ALL:  We listen to each other, to fears and excitement. We take notes, and seek greater clarity.  We commit to walk alongside each other.

LEADER:  How do we serve the church, the world?

ALL:  We build local coalitions - with lawyers and laity, organizers and the ordained, movement makers & churches charities.   We scheme to protect mercy in denominations and dominions.

LEADER:  How do we engage with Holy Scripture?

ALL:  We announce God's promises to the congregation.  We invite pledges from the Body of Christ to participate in sharing the Good News with the world.   We ask the Holy Spirit to reveal for us the kin-dom work already happening beyond our walls.  So be it!

Scripture

[READER, A Cool Deacon]

Esther 9:19-23

Therefore the Jews of the villages, who live in the open towns, hold the fourteenth day of the month of Adar as a day for gladness and feasting, a holiday on which they send gifts of food to one another.
Mordecai recorded these things, and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, enjoining them that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same month, year by year, as the days on which the Jews gained relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and presents to the poor. So the Jews adopted as a custom what they had begun to do, as Mordecai had written to them.

Response

[INVITATION, Carl Gladstone & 3 Cool Deacons]

You are invited to use the materials provided to bring forward written witnesses of our shared ministry as Deacons:

  • Diverse in Gifts
  • Unique in Setting
  • Together in Service

Communion

[OFFICIANT, Bishop Bard + Our Newest Deacon]

Using the hymnal setting, we will take turns serving one another around the room.

Closing Song

[SONGLEADER, Carl Gladstone]

Benediction & Grace

[ Rev. April McGlothin-Eller]

Music for Going Forth